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Journalists Barred From Covering Ken Agyapong’s Contempt Case

Reporters at the court premises trying to report the contempt case involving Assin Central Member of Parliament, Ken Agyapong, have been barred from covering the case on Friday.

Daily Mail Gh reports that the police in court say they have been instructed not to allow any journalist into the contempt case of the Assin Central legislator except the state-owned Daily Graphic.

Dailymailgh.com’s correspondents say all the journalists are stranded outside the courtroom right now while the case is being heard.

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It is unclear who gave the orders as the judicial press corps looked quite livid over the development.

Background

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, has asked the Supreme Court to stop contempt proceedings against him by an Accra High Court.

Lawyers for the MP filed a judicial review application at the apex court Thursday, barely 24 hours after he was supposed to appear before the High Court and explain why he should not be punished for allegedly describing the judge as “stupid”.

The MP wants the Supreme Court to prohibit the High Court from hearing the contempt case and also quash the order of summons for him to appear before the court on the basis that the particular court (Land Court 12) that summoned him had no jurisdiction to do so.

Different court

In his affidavit in support, the MP avers that his comments was not against Justice Amos Wuntah Wuni of Land Court 12 but was rather against a different judge in another matter at Labour Court 2, for which he said he had duly apologized.

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“The words uttered which I deem uncomplimentary and I have since apologized were not directed at the Court, presided over by his Lordship Amos Wuntah Wuni, the Court is not seized with jurisdiction to order the applicant to appear and to answer why he should not be severely punished for contempt of court,” the MP said in his affidavit in support.

Source: Daily Mail Gh

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